LASIK for Nearsightedness and Farsightedness: How it Work

At NewVision Clinics, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of eye care, offering state-of-the-art LASIK in Melbourne to our valued patients. If you’ve been considering LASIK in Melbourne, it’s essential to understand how this transformative procedure works, especially for those with nearsightedness and farsightedness.

Detailed Procedure of LASIK Surgery

Astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness are all corrected through LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) eye surgery. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how the eye surgery LASIK works:


Before eye surgery for LASIK, the patient undergoes a thorough eye examination to determine the necessary correction. The eye is numbed using anaesthetic eye drops to ensure the patient feels no pain during the procedure. A protective shield is placed over the other eye that’s not being operated on.

Creating the Corneal Flap

A suction ring is placed on the eye to keep it steady. This step might cause slight pressure and the vision may dim slightly. Using a microkeratome or a femtosecond laser, a thin flap of the cornea is created. This flap is then gently lifted to expose the underlying cornea.

Reshaping the Cornea

The exposed corneal tissue is then reshaped using an excimer laser. This laser produces a cool light beam that precisely removes (ablates) microscopic amounts of tissue from the cornea to reshape it.

In nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the cornea; for farsighted people, the aim is to make the cornea steeper. In cases of astigmatism, the laser smoothens an irregular cornea into a more regular shape.

Repositioning the Corneal Flap

After the cornea has been reshaped, the corneal flap is gently placed back into its original position. It adheres without the need for stitches.

The surgeon may use a shield or protective contact lens to protect the flap from disturbances as it heals.

Post-Operative Care

Immediately after the LASIK surgery, the patient might feel a burning or itching in the treated eye. Vision might be hazy or blurry initially but will improve rapidly. Patients are usually advised to rest for the remainder of the day. Most people can return to their normal activities the next day.

Clearer Vision with LASIK Surgery

If you’ve been contemplating LASIK in Melbourne, NewVision Clinics is here to guide you through every step of the process. Starting with your initial consultation to post-operative care, our team is dedicated to ensuring you achieve the best possible vision.

Let Our Experts Inform you on LASIK Surgery

To receive more information or to book a consultation, feel free to contact us via our website or call us on 1800 20 20 20.